According to the Guidelines for the Development, Recognition and Usage of Skill Standards, recognized skill standards are required to be reviewed and updated as necessary to ensure continued currency and relevance. Skill standards may be amended at any time when the occupational skills, knowledge, and conditions (tools, resources and equipment) necessary to carry out key activities and their related performance criteria change but not the actual work performed. When the actual work has changed, a new development process is required to determine the broad work responsibilities, key activities, and performance criteria that describe the occupation. Thus, the review verifies that the content of the skill standards—made up of several elements—is still valid in today’s working environment. Industry representatives participate in the review to ensure that the contents of the standards represent the skills needed of entry-level technicians in the field.
Skill standards expire when either:
- The work-oriented elements of the standards change, and the industry group declines to conduct a new development process to update the standards, or
- The industry group conducts a development process and updates the standards but declines to seek recognition from the Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC).
Expired skill standards are removed from the website unless there are community or technical college workforce education programs recognized by TWIC that are integrated with the expired skill standards. In that case, the expired skill standards remain in the archive section (see link below) until the recognition of all those recognized programs expires.